The Liberation of Maastricht (1944) – The First Liberated City of the Netherlands in World War II

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The Liberation of Maastricht took place in September 1944. At the Americans entered Zuid-Limburg a day before liberating villages they soon moved up to the main city of the Dutch southernmost province. The liberation of Maastricht took place in September 1944 during World War II. At the time, Maastricht was a strategically important city because of its location on the Maas and its proximity to Germany. On September 12, 1944, the liberation of Maastricht began with the arrival of American troops, specifically the 30th Infantry Division of the US Army. Under the leadership of Major General Leland Hobbs, the American soldiers advanced towards the city. They were supported by Allied air support to weaken the German forces. On September 14, 1944, the first American soldiers entered the city and Maastricht was officially liberated from the German occupation.

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